Ramelius Resources is set to begin stope production activities at its Vivien gold mine in Western Australia.
The company has gained encouraging results from the first stockpile after completing diamond drilling in the upper part of the mine.
A total of eight holes were drilled and the mine area is currently being evaluated for further development.
Ramelius plans to commence further drill testing within, as well as below the existing mineral resource envelope in the September 2016 quarter.
Ramelius Resources managing director Mark Zeptner said: "The Vivien mine is being progressed very efficiently by the Ramelius management team along with our underground contractor, PYBAR, where initial capital development has been completed ahead of schedule and below forecast cost.
"This excellent performance during the ramp-up at Vivien and apparent out-performance on grade, combined with increasing ore grades from the Percy open-pit at Mt Magnet, has the company very well-placed for a strong finish to the financial year."
The Vivien gold mine is located 15km west of Leinster and 6.5km north-east of the Agnew gold mine.
After completing a capital development phase for ten months, the Vivien decline reached the top production levels and ore development began in February this year.
Image: Ramelius' Vivien project location. Photo: courtesy of Ramelius Resources Limited.